Vijay and Qass Singh have played in what started out as the Father-Son Challenge 16 times and they finally won it.
Team Singh posted a score of 13-under-par 59 in the scramble format to claim a two-stroke victory over defending champions John Daly and his son John II, and 2020 winners Justin Thomas and his father Mike, in the 25th PNC Championship at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
“The funny thing is, we don’t really know what’s going on there until 18,” said the 59-year-old Vijay Singh, a three-time major champion from Fiji who now plays on the Champions Tour. “Whoever is looking should put some scoreboards out there so we have some idea what the hell we are doing out there.
“Everybody said to come here and have a good time. I have fun too, but we all want to win. “This is a highlight of my career, winning with him.”
Added Qass, 32, who works in the insurance business: “It’s about time, yeah, so I’m thrilled. I’m so happy. This is already the best week, so this is just making it just, you know, no words can describe. It’s going to be a memory I’m going to have forever.
“Way too long, but it’s about time. This is what I have wanted forever.”
The Singhs, who have finished second in this tournament three times, birdied the first seven holes, added four birdies and an eagle at No. 14 on the back to finish a 59-59—118, 26-under par, the first team in tournament history to card two scores under 60 in tournament history.
Team Thomas eagled the third hole and made four of their seven birdies in a 63 after starting with a brilliant 59, while Team Daly collected seven of their 11 birdies on the front nine and eagled the final hole in another 59.
Padraig Harrington of Ireland and his son Paddy birdied eight of the last nine holes for the best score of the day at 60 and were four back in solo fourth, while Nelly Korda and her father Petr birdied seven of the last eight holes for a 61 and wound up five behind in a for fifth with Matt Kuchar and his son Carson, who had six of their 10 birdies on the back nine in another 61, and Bernhard Langer of Germany and his son Jason, who had five birdies on each nine in a 63.
Tiger Woods and his 13-year-old son Charlie, who finished second last year in this event, eagled the fifth hole in a 65 and wound up in a tie for eighth Mark O’Meara and his son Shaun, who had six birdies on the front nine in a 63, and Jordan Spieth and his father Shawn, who had five of their nine birdies on the front nine of another 63.
“We had the most amazing time inside the ropes with each other,” Woods said.
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